About this artwork
A pupil of Jacob van Ruisdael, whose work is also on view in this gallery, Meindert Hobbema often borrowed motifs from his teacher, such as the watermill seen here. Watermills, which Hobbema employed more than 30 times in his paintings and which abounded along country waterways, would have been understood as symbols of human transience and Dutch industriousness. The well-dressed figures farther along the path at the left are intended to suggest the rewards of productivity and diligence.
- Meindert Hobbema
- The Watermill with the Great Red Roof
- Oil on canvas
- Inscribed, lower left: hobbema
- 32 × 43 1/4 in. (81.3 × 110 cm)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan